New York Giants: Turnovers from Manning, Bradshaw, Jacobs Mean Loss in Green Bay
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A week removed from one of the worst losses in franchise history, the New York Giants had a shot at redemption Sunday in Green Bay—with a win they would have clinched a playoff spot.
Instead, they came out making the same mistakes they've made all year.
Turnovers, turnovers and more turnovers spelled disaster for the Giants as their inability to maintain possession of the football made it impossible to get in rhythm on offense and put points on the board.
Eli Manning, the league leader in turnovers, threw four interceptions.
The interceptions weren't even close to excusable, either. They were often directly into the teeth of the coverage where there was simply no window into which the football could have fit.
After the game, it was the same old Manning as he lamented the interceptions and talked about how the team needed to take better care of the football.
At some point, it has to become more than just something he says in the postgame pressers. He needs to stop throwing bad picks, pure and simple.
The game also saw the Giants' running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs, as fumble-prone as they are explosive, lose two fumbles in key spots.
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For those of you keeping track, that makes six turnovers. There's no way a team can turn the ball over six times in a game of this magnitude—it's unacceptable.
The defense wasn't much better. Aaron Rodgers absolutely manhandled the secondary, passing for over 400 yards en route to one of his best games of the season.
The pass rush never really made an impact and the secondary was exposed. Without a consistent pass rush, it's impossible for the corners to play so far off and expect to stop anything.
The back shoulder fades and quick slants were there all day for the Packers and Rodgers made them pay.
Despite all of that, the Giants can still make the playoffs.
With a win next week at Washington and a Green Bay loss at Chicago, New York would qualify for the postseason.
Alternatively, if the Saints lose Monday in Atlanta and next week at home against Tampa Bay, the Giants can make the playoffs with a victory in Week 17.
That win won't be an easy one, especially if the Giants continue to turn the ball over.
They had their shot at redemption this week and they blew it. Now, they have one more chance in Washington as they fight for their playoff lives.
If they can hang onto the ball and get a pass rush established, a win could be in the cards. That may not be enough though and if they miss out on the playoffs, they'll have no one to blame but themselves.
Mike Osterberg is a student at Penn State University and Featured Columnist for the New York Giants. Follow him on twitter @Mike_Osterberg.
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